Where is Chris Pratt?
Actually, to be honest, no one cares.
I walked into Legoland Malaysia knowing that the theme park was making a sort of sequel to the hit The Lego Movie, in the form of a permanent attraction, but I wasn’t sure if it would be like The Transformers Ride at Universal Studios Singapore, where the voice talents and character designs followed the films, or if it was going to be like Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland, where the movie and ride shared the same name, and little else.
All I can say is that if you’re a fan of The Lego Movie, The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure is a great 12 and a half minute short that will put you back in the cinema halls, fill it with laughter, great memories, awesome jokes, and then some.
The film reunites Elizabeth Banks (Wyldstyle), Nick Offerman (MetalBeard), Charlie Day (Benny) and Alison Brie (Unikitty) from the movie, and adds actor, writer and comedian Patton Oswalt, who lends his voice to the scheming Risky, who has an insane Evil Secret Plot in his mind.
Risky, as it turns out, is the brother of President Business, the villain in the movie so you see where this is going. And yes, this makes the new baddie Risky Business.
Along with Emmet, the group gets invited to Bricks World, a facsimile of Legoland run by Risky. The rides at Bricks World are based on the adventures of The Lego Movie, but Risky wants the main crew of the movie to be a permanent fixture in his theme park, and the next 12 minutes is an adventure in thwarting Risky.
Thankfully, the Lego Movie 4D short is as delightfully off-kilter, insane and hilarious as the movie, and that is because Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Dan Lin have stepped in as creative consultants for this short. While Lord and Miller, who directed the movie, are not back in the director’s seat, they got the only other man worthy enough to direct this short.
Who? Rob Schrab.
He’s the creator of Scud: The Disposable Assassin (which I highly recommend), and he’s also the director of the upcoming sequel to The Lego Movie.
The 4D attraction probably adds the one thing that no cinematic sequel can hope to achieve, and that is audience immersion, as audiences in Legoland better bring a poncho, as you will get wet from the interactive air blasts, fog and water sprays from within the hall. And if the sequel is anything like this spin off, the franchise is in good hands.
So if you miss Wyldstyle, Emmet and Unikitty, you need to check out Legoland Malaysia for a teaser of what’s to come.
And in case you’re wondering, which is something I didn’t do in the theater, Christ Pratt was replaced by voice actor A.J. LoCascio, who took over the role of Emmet this time.
The 4D short film will play several times a day at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort’s LEGO Studio, located in the Imagination area. In conjunction with the launch of the new attraction, Legoland Malaysia will run an exclusive offer for Johoreans, with 1 Free Child ticket for every 1 paid Adult. This offer will be available throughout the March and April. The website will also be offering a ‘Buy 1 ticket, get the second @ 50% off’ promotion, so visit www.legoland.my for more details.
The as-yet untitled LEGO Batman opens on February 10, 2017; NINJAGO, on September 22, 2017; and The LEGO Movie Sequel, on May 18, 2018.